Celebrities Who Aren't Afraid to Lift Heavy
Chelsea Handler is crushing barbell hip thrusts with some serious weights in this pic. Good news: We've got the deets on how to perform the super-effective move for stronger, lifted glutes. And if you need more inspo from the comedian, just check her out in this Insta video of her killing her morning workout by pushing 400 pounds. #Goals.
If you haven't checked out Daisy Ridley's Instagram workout videos yet, get on it! The girl knows how to mix up her routines with tons of different types of moves, and is hella strong. In this video, she perfectly demos how to do a weighted jump lunge. (Equally inspiring? How she stood up to body shamers with this epic Insta message.)
Demi Lovato shared this weighted squat video on Snapchat and had us immediately adding more weight to our squats. Yes, it helps build strong and sexy glutes, but research shows adding in a few sets of weighted squats a few days a week helps strengthen your bones too. (Looking to add some variety to this butt-sculpting move? Check out our 30-Day Squat Challenge.)
Ashley Graham takes this rear-foot elevated split squat (AKA a Bulgarian split squat) up a notch with weights for some serious butt and leg sculpting. (There's more where that came from: See 12 Times Ashley Graham Showed Us What Fitspo Was Really About.)
"Pushed 527lb today, thats basically 3 baby elephants," Nina captioned this video of her pushing a sled with weights AND a fully grown man. We are bowing down.
Ellie Goulding is all about strong over skinny and, as evidenced from her Instagram, always up for a new challenge, whether it's adding weights to her sit-ups to help sculpt her killer six-pack, or doing a weighted wall sit to target her quads, hamstrings, and glutes. (We aren't sure if that's 50 pounds or kilograms, but either way, damn!)
When it comes to fitness, Brie Larson is nothing short of a beast. Over the past year, the actress has gotten insanely strong prepping for her role as Captain Marvel. We're talking upside-down indoor rock climbing, pull-ups with steel chains, and insane abs workouts that will have you feeling sore just watching. She's been been wowing us with her ability to hip thrust 275-pound and 400-pound weights, so clearly this girl isn't afraid to lift heavy. (Feeling inspired? Here's how to perform a barbell hip thrust—and why you should.)
Emma Stone is known for her pretty svelte figure but the actress gained 15 pounds of muscle for her role in Battle of the Sexes, all thanks to some serious heavy lifting. While she didn't love upping the weights at first, she got to the point where she was like, "Can we do more? How strong can we get?" her trainer Jaso Walsh previously told us. (Related: Emma Stone Opened Up About Her Biggest "Flaw" and So Many Women Will Relate)
Even though she's far past training for BOTS, Stone continues to lift heavy and loves it. "She likes it now, it feels good," Walsh told us. "Now she equates the strength training with being healthy and pain-free and living a better quality of life."
Alison Brie didn't mess around when prepping for season two of her hit show GLOW. After she'd mastered some strength training basics with her trainer, Jason Walsh, during season one, training for season two was all about taking her workouts to the next level. That included things like 200-pound deadlifts, heavy hip thrusts, front squats, weighted bear crawl sled drags, and weighted pull-ups, Walsh previously told us. "We would start with a 10-pound weight vest and work up to a 20-pound weight vest, then a kettlebell around the waist," he said.
While her hard work in the gym definitely scored her the strength of a female wrestler, Brie also gained some body confidence along the way. "She's really proud of where she's at, very comfortable and confident—more so than ever before," Walsh told us. "It comes from being proud of what she's been able to accomplish and what's in the mirror."
TV personality Jeannie Mai made headlines last year when she opened up about her 17-pound weight gain. After over a decade of focusing on being "skinny" and exercising like a self-proclaimed "cardio bunny," Mai fell in love with lifting, as it helped her appreciate her body in new ways. "You just feel so victorious after lifting heavy," she previously told us. "There's something so gratifying about testing your strength and feeling surprised by it. It makes you realize that there's no limit to what your body can do if you put your mind to it."